Sunday, August 12, 2012

Checking In With The AB4AR Sh*t List

It's been a staple of the sidebar of this site for quite some time now, but it hasn't been officially recognized in over 5 months.  That "it" is the AB4AR Shit List, the running list of things Yankee-related, and sometimes not, that are pissing me off.  It's a representation of my more irrational fan side, and the more immature early days of this site, but it's something that everybody can relate to on a personal level, and even if it's a few days too late now that the Yankees have started to turn things around (today's game aside), why not finish off our weekend with a little bit of hatred, huh?  I know I could certainly stand to blow off a little steam.

The long-updated list after the jump.  Hate, hate, hate, hate, hate!

Middle Innings Unkind To Phil

Here's Phil Hughes' combined line from his last 2 outings, including today's:

8.1 IP, 17 H, 11 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 7 XBH

Here's his combined line from just the 4th and 5th innings in those 2 starts:

2.1 IP, 11 H, 10 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 6 XBH

Without trying to dig too deep into such a small sample, I'll just be broad and say that's pretty fucking terrible.  For 2 consecutive starts now, each and every one of Hughes' issues (inefficiency with pitches, failure to put batters away, predictable pitch selection, poor location) has come to the surface the second time he gets through the order.  That's just not going to get it done, by any measure.  4-inning starts are acceptable in the GCL, not in the Majors.  Clean it up, guy.  That's a piss poor effort.

Game 113 Wrap-Up: NYY 5 TOR 2

(It was a good day for a return to form for Nova.  Courtesy of The AP)

It has not been a good go for Ivan Nova in the month of August.  He had gotten shelled in his last 2 starts before taking the mound in Toronto yesterday, to the point that it was almost universally agreed by bloggers and fans alike that he would benefit from being sent down to Triple-A to work on his issues if the Yankees had a replacement option for him available.  Things have been starting to trend back up for the Yanks after 2 straight wins in Detroit and a beatdown of Toronto on Friday night, so another Nova bombjob outing would have been a step back.  Fortunately, the good Ivan showed up yesterday afternoon.

Game Notes:

- The first time through the order was unkind for the Yankee offense, as they got very little going against former short-time Yankee Aaron Laffey.  Nova matched Laffey with 3 perfect innings of his own.

- The offense broke through in the top of the 4th, and once again it was with 2 outs.  Jayson Nix singled home Mark Teixeira to put the Bombers on the board, and newest Yankee Casey McGehee followed up with a 3-run HR to open the gap to 4-0.

- After a strong first 3, Nova stumbled a bit in a shutdown bottom of the 4th, giving up a pair of singles and a balk to give 1 run back to Toronto.  But he would recover to end the inning on a strikeout and a groundout.

- McGehee got the next scoring run started with a 1-out double in the top of the 6th, and came around to score on a Derek Jeter ground-rule double to make it 5-1.

- Nova was outstanding after the 4th, and pitched all the way into the 8th inning before tiring out and giving up another run.  His slider and curveball were absolutely dominant, and for the first time in a while he was able to keep them down in the zone.  Nova got 15 swinging strikes out of 66, K'd 10, and looked the best he has in over a month.

- D-Rob and Soriano finished things up for the win, and the Yankees have now won 4 games in a row.

- Jeter's RBI double in the 6th gave him 150 hits for the season for the 17th straight year, tying the MLB record for most consecutive 150-hit seasons with Hank Aaron.  Regardless of what anybody thinks about Jeter, that's an impressive record.